Red Brick Gallery Opens 2015 Season With “Dancing Off The Canvas” ACV Student Art Show

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Sampling of ACV student's art.

Foxburg, PA – The Red Brick Gallery in Foxburg, PA will open its 2015 exhibition season on April 11 with “Dancing Off the Canvas” - a multimedia exhibit featuring artworks created by local students from Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. The art show will be on exhibition through Sunday, April 19 and is the first show to feature students' works. More than 85 A-C Valley School high school students in Anita Allen's art classes have created 100 works of art inspired by the dance which will be a part of the student art exhibit. In their educational process, students have employed the long-standing practice, dating back to the masters of western art, of doing copies of works of art as a study in composition and craftsmanship. From ballet and tango dancers to dancing cartoon figures, beach party dancers and dancing bears, the student art work is delightfully diverse and excellent in its reproduction of a wide spectrum of images inspired by the dance. The works are in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylic, graphite, ink marker, clay, oil, pastel and watercolor pencil.

“Students have been working on their art for this exhibit since January,” said Anita Allen, A-C Valley art instructor and Art club faculty advisor. “It's amazing to witness their creative process. The Dancing off the Canvas theme has certainly sparked their imagination and has led them to some truly inspired interpretations of dance as they see it. Our community will, without a doubt, get a true idea of the artistic skills our kids have when they see the quality and creativity of this art exhibit.”

"Dancing Off the Canvas" is the latest component of Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts' (ARCA) 2014-15 arts education initiative in the A-C Valley School District focused on the relationship between dance and music and the visual arts. Beginning last September "The Music That Makes Us Dance" treated students from pre-K to grade 12 to dance-themed performances by renowned musicians, dance and movement workshops, evening dance concerts and concert music featuring pieces written for the dance. This Spring the nationally acclaimed and innovative modern dance company Attack Theatre conducted educational workshops and performed an assembly of "Leap Into Action" for A-C Valley students in grades 5-12 as well as an evening concert for the public.

ARCA has launched an internet crowdfunding site to help defray the cost required to host the Attack Theatre in our community and present the exhibit of student. The public is invited to view the movie about the project and support this project by going to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/eweqb/ab/24Utt1. The “Dancing Off the Canvas” art exhibit is an example of another goal of ARCA’s ArtReach initiative: to bring attention to excellent arts instruction in the A-C Valley School District, with its chorus, bands, art and drama clubs and annual school musical. ARCA is proud to be showcasing students' talents and the excellent visual arts instruction in School with this exhibit.
"This beautiful exhibit is a physical manifestation of the continually evolving partnership between ARCA and the A-C Valley Schools. We are empowering arts education by celebrating student artists in Anita Allen’s classes. I’ve admired their work for years and we’re so pleased ARCA can mount this special exhibit that we hope everyone will come to see," states John Soroka, executive director of ARCA.
Working closely with Red Brick Gallery Director and artist Donna Edmonds, students have had the opportunity to take an active role in the multi-layered endeavor of presenting an art exhibition.

“Not only have the students created the pieces that will be displayed, they also have learned the fundamentals of framing and preparing artworks for display,” says Edmonds. “We are so pleased to be able to provide this rare chance for them to get a comprehensive perspective on the care and commitment it takes to build an exhibit from start to finish. Perhaps it will provide the inspiration that some student will need to pursue a life-long love for creating art.”

An opening reception hosted by the student artists and ARCA will take place on Saturday, April 11 at 12 p.m. The artists will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about their work. The exhibit will run from Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, April 19. Gallery hours for the exhibit will be Fridays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will be displayed on the second floor of the gallery, which is the designated area for rotating exhibits. The first floor is dedicated to the display of artwork created by the cooperative artists affiliated with the Red Brick Gallery.

The purpose of the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop is to provide regional artists a suitable venue for the display and viewing of their works, as well as to provide a consignment sales outlet for the Red Brick Cooperative artists, who volunteer their time to have the space open to the public. The Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. For additional information on the Red Brick Gallery or other events sponsored by ARCA, please visit www.alleghenyriverstone.org or call (724) 659-3153.

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